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Synopsis

Ecstatic lipsynching in downtown bars is a far cry from Donna’s Baptist upbringing in San Jose; now in her seventies, her estranged siblings haven’t even seen her in a dress.

Donna is offered a chance to co-write a play about an overlooked episode in queer history, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, in which transgender women Donna knew stood up against police harrassment. She writes a character to be played by a young transgender activist. Praised for her writing and emboldened by her new friends, she heads out of the city to meet her sister Gloria…

This intimate and uplifting film is beautifully observed by director Jay Bedwani and features mesmerising moments recalled by Donna in her emerging writer’s voice. Donna is a film that shows the strength that can be drawn from your community and proves: it’s never too late to find your métier and truly blossom.

Details

Year
2020
Type of film
Features
Running Time
75 min
Format
HD
Director
Jay Bedwani 1st Feature
Producer
Dewi Gregory
Co-Producer
Jean-Laurent Csinidis
Executive Producer
Andee Ryder, Ian Bonhôte, Kimberley Warner
Editor
Alice Powell, Anne de Mo
Director of Photography
Jay Bedwani
Music
Antoine Bédard

Production status

Complete

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Last updated 28th April 2021

Production Company

UK, France co-production

Truth Department (UK), Films de Force Majeur (FR)

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